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Book

Author:Clarke, Nicholas & Kuipers, Marieke
Year:2015
Title:Re-centring Tshwane : Urban heritage strategies for a resilient Capital
Place:Pretoria
Publisher:Visual Books

TSHWANE, capital of the Republic of South Africa, is a relatively young city with a colourful but conflicted past. It is now undergoing a deliberate transformation, steered by the City of Tshwane's Tshwane Vision 2055 Remaking of the Capital City, which acknowledges that the city is steeped in cultural history. Three culturally important heritage resources. Church Square, the Old Synagogue and the Old Government Printing Works, formed the focus of an investigative student design laboratory, the Re-Centring Tshwane Lab, which was undertaken in 2014 by the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria, supported by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the University of Pretoria's Capital Cities Programme.

The Lab explored architectural interventions through which these three historic places could be modulated in service of a liveable, resilient and inclusive city. This richly illustrated report presents the spatial, institutional and pedagogic context of the Lab; the chosen sites and their unique histories and significances; explores the potential contribution that heritage buildings can make to the Capital City and its resilience; and finally illustrates the lessons learnt from the Lab. These lessons show the potential that urban heritage holds in the fostering of economic development and social cohesion within the transformative Vision 2055. The City of Tshwane's heritage resources can be modulated to be inclusive for all citizens of the multi-cultural Capital of South Africa.

Note: The book is available online on UPSpace